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In this video session plan, UEFA A licensed coach, Dave Wright shares a practice designed to help defenders keep a high line and encourage the attacking side to exploit the space. With a strong focus on passing and receiving for the attacking team and communication and balance for the defenders, this practice is an effective way to improve your teams understanding of pitch geography out of possession and get your attackers working on movement in behind into space.

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The question this week comes from Joe via Facebook: “Is it OK for a young player to commit a professional foul?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love....

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, FA National Women’s Coach Developer, Amy Price shares her unique approach to player development with Dave Wright & Dan Wright in a highly engaging conversation. Amy shares research on how coaches can use the principles of...

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In this PDP Live Session, FFA Coach Developer & Academy Coach, Anthony Frost demonstrates a whole-part-whole practice which focusses on 1v1 finishing against the goalkeeper.

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from John via Facebook. I always focus on the process over results, but I am wondering if I should change my approach to help my girls win a final?   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals:...

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What does learning look like and how do we know it’s taking place? In this article Cognitive Psychologist, Nick Soderstrom discusses various practice approaches and some considerations for those who are leading learning environments. Let’s face it: We want things to...

Masterclass Discussions

How can you make your environment as positive as possible? In this Masterclass Discussion, Positive Psychology expert, Lara Mossman joins PDP Editor, Dave Wright for an in-depth discussion on positive psychology in coaching. Lara is one of Player Development Project’s...

Research Reviews

Jack Martin and David Cox The Big Idea It is rare in conventional social psychological research on sport to consider public testimony as a source of truths.  And yet, this is exactly what this study does.  These authors pursue what...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Steve via Twitter. “We are planning for next season and wondering whether coaches should stay with their team through the age groups, or is there a benefit in a new coach each season?” Additional...

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In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor Dave Wright is joined by Head of Specialist Coaching & Lead In Possession Coach at The FA, Aaron Danks. PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright also joins the discussion for a fascinating conversation on youth...

Session Plans

In this PDP Live Session, FFA Coach Developer and Academy Coach, Anthony Frost demonstrates a small sided game where players have to find solutions to various tasks.

Session Plans

PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Mark, via Facebook. “When are players ready for a set playing position?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Blog: He doesn’t...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor, Dave Wright is joined by highly experienced Academy Coach, Arthur Brammer for a wide ranging conversation on player development. Arthur is a holder of the FA Advanced Youth Award and the UEFA A license....

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The question this week comes from Steve, via Facebook. “How can I be more effective with my communication?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Blog: Praise vs. Affirmation...

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Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Steve, via Facebook. “How can I be more effective with my communication?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Blog: Praise vs. Affirmation...

The Blog

How do you create a successful sports club? In this article, Ruth Nicholson shares some excellent insights into how sports clubs can create a successful environment and positive culture on and off the field. You have worked hard to build...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Adam, via email. “Should girls play in boys teams?” *Please note: We had some minor technical issues with the connection on Tony’s side, we apologise for the slight delay. Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals:...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Sarah, via Facebook. “How do I get to know my players?”   Additional Resources Magazine: Inside the Liverpool FC Academy, Michael Beale Masterclass:  Understanding Identity, Dr. Suze Brown Blog: The Player, Dave Wright Blog:...

The Blog

In this article, Founder of Working With Parents in Sport, Gordon MacLelland shares a challenging article on the dangers of adults hijacking the youth sport experience, and how parents can ensure their children own the experience. Whose game is it...

Session Plans

PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, we’re joined by experienced Academy Coach & Co-founder of My Football Development, Gabriel Flores for a fascinating conversation on developing youth football players. PDP Editor, Dave Wright hosts Gabriel for an in depth conversation on skill...

Research Reviews

Moran, R. Blagrove, B. Drury, J. Fernandes, K Paxton, H. Chaabene, R. Ramirez-Campillo The Big Idea Every day the lonely man reads the matrimonial advertising pages, hoping to meet the girl of his dreams.  Not much luck until one day...